Seven Trade and Business centers are being built for Ocotepeque farmers
These centers will serve for the storage and sales of horticulture products of men and women beneficiary farmers in seven communities of the Sensenti valley in Western Honduras.
Construction of seven Local Trade and Business Centers has begun to provide the project’s organized groups with facilities to store, process and trade their vegetable production, all in an effort to strengthen the commercial activity of seven communities assisted by the Project of Incentive for Horticulture Production, currently funded by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and implemented by the Honduras Brotherhood Association (Asociación Hermandad de Honduras).
Design of a model for a Local Trade and Business Center (CLAC).
Local Trade and Business Center being built in the community of La Cumbre, in the municipality of San Marcos, Ocotepeque.
Potato sorting and cleaning for Hortifruti market which, for lack of an appropriate place, is carried out in the home of a beneficiary producer.
Local Trade and Business Center being built in the community of San Juan, in the municipality of La Labor, Ocotepeque.
These Local Trade and Business Centers (Centros Locales de Almacenamiento y Comercialización – CLAC in Spanish) are strategically distributed in the communities of Santa Efigenia, San Juan and La Granadilla in the municipality of La Labor; in Toreras and San Jerónimo in the municipality of Dolores Merendon; and in La Cumbre del Jaralón and San Francisco in the municipalities of San Marcos and San Francisco del Valle respectively, integrating a commercial network to efficiently access national markets.
They will be a fundamental tool to achieve the production growth expected from the Project of Incentive for Horticulture Production, through the appropriate use of the irrigation systems that are being installed simultaneously, and that will allow greater opportunities for national agriculture in the micro region of the Sensenti Valley, in Western Honduras.
For their administration, Local Trade and Business Organizations have been established locally with men and women beneficiaries, who will coordinate the Regional Trade and Business Center, as well as everything dealing with places, prices and presentation of different products required by the market. The centers will also serve as a bridge between product and market, and will offer services to both beneficiary and non-beneficiary farmers to clean, sort, weigh, store and pack their produce in each assisted community. Revenues generated from these services will provide for the facility maintenance and furniture replacement needed by each Local Trade and Business Center.
The seven Local Trade and Business Centers are expected to initiate operations by early January of 2010, having to this date significant progress in the physical construction. A trade strategy is being coordinated for a successful operation under the conditions offered to the communities by the CLAC’s and the Inter American Institution of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA). This assistance will include a market survey on the ten major crops produced in the area (potatoes, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, cassava and plantain), and a plan for technical and business sustainability.
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